Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Well it has been a while. A mixture of other commitments  such a jam making for the market, sorting knitting for Africa, plus family visitors, has left me with little time or energy for any crafting. However, the need for two cards last week kick started me into action again (See my previous post), and now I am determined to manage my time better so that I can get more crafting done. And I am keeping up my good intention by writing a post for WOYWW to link up with the Stamping Ground tomorrow. (It should be What's On Your Workdesk Tuesday? for me, as my time on a Wednesday is already committed elsewhere, but I know I am not the only one who prepares it a day early so hopefully I can be forgiven). If you would like to know what crafters around the world are getting up to this week, follow me to Julia's blog and join in the fun.

This week it is Rudolph Day again, so today I was thinking about making one or two Christmas cards. A couple of months ago I spent days sorting out all my paper and card off-cuts and I now have four A4 boxes of patterned paper, and three 12" x 12" boxes of plain card and paper pieces, all sorted by colour, so my other aim is to make use of some of it, before these boxes are overflowing like my original folders were!
You can see two of these boxes out on my desk today, along with some ancient aperture cards and some iris folding pattern books. Hopefully there will be an end result to post about soon. I might even tip-toe through the gate of the snippets playground with it.
I am going to find a new home for the eBosser machine as I don't use it often enough to warrant the amount of space it is taking up on my desk. I do use it sometimes, especially with my A4 embossing folders so I won't put it right away.
The big Spanish dictionary under the snippets boxes doesn't need to be there either, but it very useful for pressing cards flat while the glue dries etc! And I do refer to it when I am making jam labels or choir posters that need to be bilingual. But I thought you might like this photo that I took when I left the dictionary open one day and came back to my room to find Arwen 'reading' it! I did think perhaps she was trying to learn how to swear at me in Spanish as well as English. She is one feisty
cat even if she is very beautiful!
I know the dictionary is upside down, but I don't think she does.

Well that is it for this week. I shall get to visit as many of you as I can when I get home from my sewing group tomorrow.


Annie said...

I'm still chuckling at your picture of Arwen.....it really does look like she is reading. :-)
A x # 39

Helen said...

What a great photo!! Have a good day. Helen. 2

Neil said...

Hi there. Thanks for the peek into your creative world. Great photo of you cat "reading"


Claire said...

what a brilliant photo!! and what a busy desk - it sounds like you're having a good tidy, while you're at it!
happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
no. 1 - can't believe it!!

MaxineD said...

Oh dear Arwen is surely one talented cat as well as being feisty!
I must have a blitz in my studio one day soon and tidy up my papers too......

Ria Gall said...

your desk looks great but your picture of your cat reading is the winner this week. I don't think anyone will have a photo to beat this one
Happy WOYWW #203 and thank you for sharing your workstation
Ria #60

~Sue C said...

Oh my goodness! Arwen is adorable!

Regina Hamilton said...

There's some fun happening on your desk. I love that Arwen is trying to learn a new language. Happy crafting #6

Karen Ives said...

Brilliant photograph!
Karen #64

kathi17 said...

Oh My, Arwin looks an awful lot like my cat who died of old age last year. He was a Himalayan I rescued from a bad home, and always sat on anything I happened to be doing instead of petting him. My cat's tail was a little darker, but otherwise, they could be twins!

Happy WOYWW, Kathi #110

Amy Wright said...

Beautiful kitty you have there, I had a feline visitor on my work desk this week too! I think they like to pretend they are helping ;)

Happy WOYWW!

Amy #77

Di said...

Hi Kate! I skipped WOYWW this week but called by to say Hi.

Crumbs you have shed loads of paper! Hope you do make it to the Snippets Playground, and the photo of Arwen is priceless! Please say 'Hola' to her for me :)

Hugs, Di xx

Tertia said...

I was trying to leave a comment yesterday, but I think Blogger was having PMS, nothing worked.
That kitty photo is adorable!!! Your desk looks like a lot has happened on it, can I come and join the fun?
Happy belated WOYWW!
Tertia #17

Shoshi said...

Oh Kate, Arwen reading to improve her mind is simply adorable! She looks really focused on the task.

Lovely to see your blog again, and I love your iris folding in your next post - I haven't done any of that for ages and it's lovely! I used florist's ribbon which works really well, and you can get 2 different shades of the same colour which can look very subtle, and it also has a lovely sheen, and folds sharply. Also extremely cheap!

Thanks for your visit to my blog and I'm glad you like my latest Zentangle. Drawing on the box is no problem because it squashes flat. I love how the colours came out so subtle on the coloured card - this is definitely something worth exploring further, working on different coloured substrates. I've been thinking about colour quite a bit recently, and when we are settled in our new home, I'm thinking of buying an online colour-mixing course.

Thanks for your good wishes for our move. There's no point agonising over the vaguaries of solicitors - it will all come out OK in the end, even if it isn't happening quite as quickly as we wanted. Gives us a bit more time to get ourselves organised! That said, I can't wait to get in, and most of all to get my new ARTHaven sorted and up and running! I am soooo excited about that!